On this beautiful summer Sunday in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña (La Casa) was presented with the NYC Community Leadership Recognition during the Fifth Edition of Arte Pa’ Mi Gente / Arts for All Festival . The recognition acknowledges outstanding contributions to NYC children and families and Latino arts and culture. La Casa’s Executive Director, Leticia Rodriguez, along with Board Member/Treasurer Graciano Matos, were at hand to receive the honor.
“Leticia has worked hard in helping La Casa achieve a great deal with our limited resources. This is a great honor to her dedication, our staff, our members, and our commitment to the community. No matter the challenges, it is always a beautiful thing to see our diaspora marching forward, evolving, nurturing and expanding the reach of our culture,” said Rafael Merino Cortés, President of the Board of Directors. “We are a microcosm of Puerto Rico, and so we build on our experiences, our struggles, and our achievements, always moving forward, and higher. We have done this with our cuatro classes and other programs, our research, our outreach, and with our popular cultural productions. And we look forward to continue working with our partners in preserving and sharing our cultural heritage with the world, investigating and disseminating our history, and advocating for the survival and prosperity of the Puerto Rican nation.”
Arte Pa’ Mi Gente / Arts for All Festival is an initiative of the Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (SEA / Teatro SEA), the Latino theater for young audiences and a pioneer in the empowerment and educational advancement of the Latino community, in collaboration with The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution housing and promoting artists and performances that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and New York City.
La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., also known as “La Casa” is a not-for-profit, historic cultural organization, founded in 1980 by Puerto Rican pioneers, as a Heritage Library and Resource Center, to promote, enrich, and preserve the culture, literature and the arts of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. La Casa celebrates the contributions pioneered by the Puerto Rican community of New York City, and beyond.